Humanity’s relationship with make up is a weird one. There are more than a few people who think that wearing makeup at all is cheating. The argument goes “isn’t it dishonest to put that on and change the way you look?”. The only people with a leg to stand on in that argument, of course, are nudists. If it’s unfair to wear make up, then is it not unfair to wear anything? After all, it changes how we look.
And yes, that argument is a little bit of an exaggeration, but it’s a serious point at the same time. It’s not unheard of for people who are dating to ask their date not to wear make up. “So I get to know the real you“, is the reason given. As though, by putting on make up, you suddenly change into a different person. And this affects the way people in general think about cosmetics.
There are other arguments that advise against cosmetics, and which have more of a justification behind them, and they run as follows:
“It’s A Temporary Boost, But It’s Bad Long Term”
There is some justification to this point of view. A lot of make up that you can buy sits on the surface of your skin like paint on a house. And, like paint on a house, it stops anything reaching what’s beneath. This includes light, which is essential for healthy skin. It also stops any air from getting to the skin and, in the long term, it will affect the health and radiance of your skin. More natural makeup is your best friend in this regard.
“Never Mind Honesty, Make Up Is Unethical”
There is definitely something to agree with in this statement. Forget the talk of make up hiding how you look; it’s your face and your right to put anything on it as you see fit. However, there are still companies that test their make up on animals before it comes to market. Despite it being proven over time that this is not necessary, it still happens. Vegan brands like Skin illustrator Effects make up are every bit as striking, without the cruelty.
“You Can Always Tell If Someone’s Wearing Make Up”
This just isn’t true. A great many people can’t tell, including if someone is wearing quite a bit of make up. As the use of natural minerals and other more natural forms of make up increases, we are seeing make up that behaves more like natural skin. To the trained eye it may well be detectable, but as make up changes, it becomes better for your skin and more natural-looking, too.
To criticise make up as being “artificial” is, purely and simply, a red herring of an argument. It’s not cheating, it’s not lying and there’s nothing wrong with it, as long as you stick to ethical and natural brands. When you choose the right make up, you will look and feel better, and your skin will thank you for it. As for the haters, well, you don’t need to listen to them.